This course is an intermediate-level introduction to the geography of Africa. While very much welcomed, no course work on Africa is required prior to taking this course. After a general overview of physical, social and historical geography in the first part of the course, we will focus on a number of important contemporary issues including population, urbanization, Chinese investments and economic development, gender, AIDS pandemic, ethnicity and politics, and environmental change.
The textbook supplemented with additional readings (including primary historical materials). Throughout the course, readings will be related to African current events through weekly group presentations of current events and critical engagements with media portrayals of the continent and its peoples. Every year a novel or biography is used to illuminate themes in the course. In Spring, 2014, portions of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom will be used.
Geography 355: Africa, South of the Sahara
MW 4:00-5:15pm, 444 Science Hall
Professor Matthew Turner is a people-and-environment geographer with long-term experience in West Africa working and living in the countries of Mali, Niger and Senegal. His work is concerned with the relationship between social and environmental change with particular emphasis on the effects of changing political economies, gender relations, land tenure institutions, environmental governance on grazing, crop and soil management in agropastoral societies.
Heinz Klug: Reflections on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison News, 12/06/2013
The African Studies Program encourages students of African languages to submit applications for Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-2015 fellowships and awards.
Application deadline is February 15, 2014.
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW’s National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.
For more details and to apply online, visit the UW-Madison FLAS site.
Eligible students may apply to study the following languages with a FLAS award from the African Studies Program.
African Language Directed Study*
*FLAS applicants interested in self-instruction of a language not offered in a regular classroom setting at the UW-Madison may do so through AFRICAN 670 (2cr) and 671 (3cr). Applicants interested in the African Language Directed Study need to contact FLAS coordinator Catherine Reiland for details, guidance, and special instructions before beginning a FLAS application.
A wide range of African languages.
Graduate student academic-year fellowship
tuition + $15K stipend
Undergraduate student academic year award
$10K toward tuition + $5K stipend
Undergraduate and graduate summer award
Up to $5K toward tuition + $2.5K stipend
There will be two information sessions for students interested in applying for a FLAS award or fellowship (please note different times for graduate & undergraduate applicants). The content of the December and January meetings will be identical:
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (in 206 Ingraham Hall): 2:00 – 3:00pm for undergraduate student applicants; 3:30 – 4:30pm for graduate applicants.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 (in 206 Ingraham Hall): 2:00 – 3:00pm for undergraduate student applicants; 3:30 – 4:30pm for graduate applicants.
Prospective FLAS students should note that the U.S. Department of Education does not guarantee approval for an overseas program even if approval has been given in the past.
Interested in FLAS? Get the details.
Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
For the fourth year in a row, through the African Languages Initiative funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida’s summer African Languages Initiative (AFLI) prior to commencing their overseas Boren funded programs:
French (requires intermediate-high or above proficiency)
African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2014 in the following countries:
Is Boren right for you? Take the quiz.
The application deadline is January 28, 2014 5:00 PM EST.
Wednesday, November 13 at 2:30pm
On Wisconsin Room A, Red Gym
Theoretical perspectives from Science and Technology Studies have become increasingly influential in the study of health in Africa and the African Diaspora in recent years. The scholarly turn toward bio-politics and the examination of vernacular science has challenged the relevance of deeply embedded polarities – traditional versus modern, African healing versus biomedicine – that have long inspired studies of medicine and illness in Africa. At the same time, the study of healing practices in the multiple diasporas of the African Atlantic world has begun to illuminate the contribution of African ideas and practices in areas of significance well beyond the African continent. The result of these intellectual transformations is that the study of health in Africa and the African Diaspora is more capacious than ever.
New frontiers of research and inquiry are developing as a result of conversations among humanists, scientists, and social scientists. This course will examine the historical and anthropological literature on health and disease in Africa and the African Diaspora, and explore the possibilities and potential pitfalls of deeper engagement by scholars in these fields with those working on the history of science and medicine and beyond. We will also examine the ways in which different historical perspectives inform and transform our understanding of more contemporary developments, such as the emergence of medical humanitarianism and the flourishing of health-related-non-governmental organizations in the Global South.
As part of the seminar, four external visitors – Duana Fullwiley (Stanford), Nancy Hunt (Michigan), Julie Livingston (Rutgers), and Todd Ochoa (University of North Carolina) – will discuss their work with participants in the course.
HISTORY 861: Seminar-The History of Africa / MED HIST 919: Graduate Studies in Medical History
W 1:20-3:20PM, 5245 Mosse Humanities Building
Team-taught by Professors Pablo Gomez and Neil Kodesh
Pablo Gómez is as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of medicine and corporeality in the early modern African and Iberian Atlantic worlds. Dr. Gómez’s current book project examines black ideas and practices related to bodies, health, illness, and death in the seventeenth century Spanish Caribbean. He has been the recipient of an ACLS-Early Career Fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a John Carter Brown Library-Paul W. McQuillen Fellowship and two Major Project Grants from the British Library. He has published several articles and chapters in journals and edited volumes in the US and Germany.
Neil Kodesh is an historian of Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history. His first book, Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association.
This course is supported by a grant for the advancement of area and international studies from the College of Letters and Science, the Division of International Studies, and the International Institute, with funds originating from a Mellon Foundation grant to the College of Letters and Science.
Cross-listed in African Languages and Literature, Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology
Instructor: Michael Schatzberg, Political Science
Number of Teaching Assistants needed: 2 or 3 (to be determined)
Eligibility: Applicants must be UW-Madison graduate students in good standing, making normal progress toward a degree, specializing in the study of Africa in any department, with life and preferably research experience in Africa. Applicants must be free to attend all lectures (T/Th 2:30-3:45) and lead four discussion sections weekly.
Appointment percent time: 40%
Duties: Attend all lectures, lead four discussion sections per week, keep grade book, assist in all grading, carry out other duties as expected of teaching assistants
Application deadline: Monday, November 11, 2013
To apply: Submit an application letter stating background, strengths, and credentials; all relevant transcripts; a CV; and the names and telephone numbers of two potential references to:
James Delehanty, African Studies Program, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
No electronic applications please (unless there are unusual circumstances)
Anticipated Start Date: January, 2014, with some training possible in November and early December.
All applications are due November 15, 2013.
Christina Cappy, a former Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow of Zulu, is in Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology and will conduct research on South African Youth Experiences of Social Cohesion through Schooling. James Krueger, who studied Swahili with a FLAS fellowship, is in Environmental Studies and is poised his research project, Drug Crops and Natural Resources under Pluralistic Regulation: A Comparative Study of Khat Farming in Ethiopia and Kenya.